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iDirect Partners with LBiSat and Helping Haitian Angels to Make a Generational Impact in Haiti

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According to a UNICEF study, almost half of all primary school-aged children in Haiti do not attend school, and statistics from USAid show that Haitians ages 25 and older get an average of only 4.9 years of education.

These numbers introduce the risk that a generation of Haitian youth will not have the necessary knowledge and basic skills to succeed in the work force and furthermore, contribute to the development of their country.

This issue is a growing concern for many – including iDirect – which is why we teamed up with our partner, LBiSat, and Helping Haitian Angels (HHA). Read our newest case study, Creating Education Opportunities in Haiti, to learn how our collaboration and the power of satellite connectivity is changing the lives of 121 (and counting!) children and the people of Dekle, a small village in Cap-Haitien, Haiti.

“Education abroad is huge, and satellite communications is massive. The satellite platform works perfectly from this standpoint!” – Rodger Lyman, CEO, LBiSat

“One of the dads stood up and said, “You are teaching our kids to teach us how to read and write.” iDirect and LBiSat are making a generational impact!” – Debbie Harvey, Founder, Helping Haitian Angels

L2oS Video Series #3: Advanced Header Compression

People are sometimes wary about deploying any type of Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS) because of concerns over the burden of carrying Ethernet headers. iDirect has solved this problem with the new L2oS features in the Evolution® platform.

Layer 2 classifications and ROHCv2 header compression optimize and efficiently transport Ethernet frames across a satellite link. You can enjoy the benefits of Layer 2 networking without wasting bandwidth.

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The New Imperative: Innovations on the Ground Aligning with HTS Opportunities in the Sky

High Throughput Satellite (HTS) advances in throughput are well understood at this point. Now, the demand for innovation shifts back to ground infrastructure. In particular, how will ground infrastructure technology providers advance their platforms to enable satellite operators and service providers to best capture the HTS opportunity?

At iDirect, our goal is to ensure that service providers can leverage their investment in the existing ground infrastructure while taking advantage of HTS opportunities in the most profitable way. However, these new HTS satellite architectures come with a new set of challenges for the ground.

In a brief video, Designing a Ground Infrastructure Platform for HTS, Greg Quiggle, VP of Product Management, identifies the areas of innovation that we are looking to do at iDirect to enable both of our platforms iDirect Velocity™ and iDirect Evolution® to be optimized for HTS. He outlines the areas around scalability on the hub, higher performance on the remote side and scaling and automation on the network management side.

Here are some key considerations that we are looking at in the video:

HTS offers higher throughput rates than traditional broad beam satellites. Enabling these advances on the hub side means that the platform infrastructure must handle higher aggregate symbol rates, deliver more efficient modulation and coding techniques, and saturate larger transponder sizes. The hub infrastructure must be able to manage increasingly more beams, more frequencies, more MHz and ultimately many more carriers on the service providers’ network. The other consideration for the hub side is adaptivity achieved by Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) and Adaptive TDMA to maximize data throughput and optimized traffic in changing weather conditions and satellite link degradations. Read More

L2oS Video Series #2: Simplifying the Network

Building an integrated network to deliver specific customer services can become complicated, especially when satellites are involved.

That’s why iDirect has launched Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS), a new feature set within the iDirect Evolution® platform. It allows service providers to flatten the network and address space, turning the satellite portion of the network into a transparent pathway for your data.

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Mobil Satellite Technologies Launches New 10 Mbps x 4 Mbps iDirect Broadband Service In USA

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Mobil Satellite Technologies, a leading provider of mobile and fixed satellite Internet connectivity services, announced today that it has launched a new high-bandwidth 10 Mbps download X 4 Mbps Ku-Band service for use anywhere in the North America.

This iDirect compatible service offers a great solution for users requiring high-throughput satellite performance while leveraging existing Ku-Band hardware. Ku-Band service operates with longer wavelengths, giving Ku-Band a superior ability to perform through inclement environmental conditions.

The Mobil Satellite Technologies satellite network has been configured to support this new service with 1.2 meter antennas with only an 8 Watt BUC, which are now available in a small, fan-less form factor that no longer require auxiliary power supplies that allows a simple replacement of the existing BUCs on almost any mobile or fixed 1.2 meter VSAT antenna.

Kirk Williams, Director of Sales at Mobil Satellite Technologies, commented: “This new service gives users the ability to upgrade to an extremely robust satellite broadband service while continuing to use their existing Ku-Band equipment. Before this new service, users would have had to buy all new Ka-band satellite hardware to have access to service plans offering these kinds of data speeds.” Continue >

L2oS Video Series #1: Introducing Layer 2 over Satellite

iDirect introduces Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS), dramatically expanding the capability of the Evolution® platform. L2oS offers the option to run transparent links to customer end-points through an efficient Ethernet bridging mode as an alternative to Layer 3 routing.

This means service providers gain flexibility to pass all kinds of protocols and deploy new architectures, even creating hybrid networks that operate in both Layer 2 and Layer 3 modes tailored to customer needs.

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Register now for our live webinar, L2oS Advances Interoperability, which will be held on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. EDT.

iDirect Advances Satellite Network Interoperability with Latest Upgrade to Evolution® Platform

Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS) allows service providers to simplify network deployment and carry IP traffic wherever it needs to go

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iDirect announced the release of Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS), a new feature set within the iDirect Evolution® platform, allowing satellite to work more seamlessly with other telecommunications access technologies, providing transparency across the entire network. Service providers are able to use L2oS to simplify deployment of a satellite network and effectively carry IP traffic anywhere it needs to go. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

As service providers experience greater demand to deliver global services, satellite connectivity allows them to reach beyond their traditional area of coverage. L2oS makes it easier to interface satellite technology with terrestrial networking and build unified communication networks. iDirect’s L2oS overcomes proprietary satellite protocols, allowing the satellite connection to emulate a transparent Ethernet link with the freedom to pass any protocols and provide more flexibility in network management. Ultimately, L2oS allows satellite to look and act like all other access technologies. Read More

Q-KON Upgrades Evolution® Software And Deploys iDirect SatManage® To Manage Financial VSAT Network

VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Q-KON, a specialist service provider and systems integrator, has upgraded its iDirect Evolution® network to version 3.3 and deployed the iDirect SatManage® network management solution to manage this network. SatManage will be customized to provide specialized service level agreement (SLA) reporting to one of its major customers in the financial market. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

The Q-KON iDirect network currently consists of 1,500 remote sites and is expected to reach 2,200 before the end of 2015. With SatManage, Q-KON can now actively monitor and manage its entire network gaining deeper visibility into key actions, while providing specialized reporting functionality to user groups in order to better serve business customers. Key factors for choosing SatManage include the ability to provide statistics related to remote site availability, which enables Q-KON to prove network SLA adherence to particular customers.

In addition to leveraging the capabilities of SatManage internally, Q-KON is working with iDirect to develop customized functionality for one of its major customers in the financial market. One such function is the ability to proactively monitor remotes for indications of power outages. In such instances, planned maintenance outages (PMOs) are created automatically by the system. This protects against negative impacts that outages could have to SLAs for the customer. Read More

Harris CapRock Communications Delivering More Than 1.5 Gbps To Maritime Customers With iDirect Evolution® Platform

VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of  Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Harris CapRock Communications, a premier provider of managed satellite, wireless and fiber services, is delivering more than 1.5 billion bits per second (1.5 Gbps) of traffic across its base of maritime customers using its iDirect Evolution® network. The service provider is deploying iDirect X7 remotes in order to meet the growing demand for high-speed voice, video and data services from both passengers and crew. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

At any moment, Harris CapRock is leveraging iDirect to service more than 250 cruise and other ships sailing globally carrying in excess of 300,000 guests and crew. It is estimated that an average family uses approximately six devices to stay connected at all times — including aboard cruise ships — accessing social media network, streaming video and more. In addition, ship operators are turning to VSAT to improve operational performance of their fleets, implementing applications to help with equipment monitoring, IT integration, and remote access, among others. Such demand has resulted in Harris CapRock handling more than 1.5 Gbps of traffic to cruise customers over the iDirect Evolution platform.

Harris CapRock utilizes features on the iDirect Evolution platform such as Group QoS in order to prioritize bandwidth allocation across its customer base, ensuring that business and customer application traffic can co-exist in the most efficient manner. Adaptive Code Modulation (ACM) is used in order to make the most efficient use of the satellite bandwidth with changing weather conditions and location of the vessels. As bandwidth demands for cruise ships outpace the performance of its current generation of remotes, Harris CapRock is deploying X7 remotes, which deliver the highest bandwidth per ship achievable, while allowing customers to gain deep visibility into ship and network performance.

“Our customers are in the business of providing exciting vacation experiences and outstanding hospitality services, all with hotel-like service at sea,” said Rob McDermid, Chief Architect – Global Access Technology, Harris CapRock. “iDirect technology provides the flexibility we need to deliver high bandwidth over shared global networks, and its market-leading experience in maritime serves as the foundation that allows us to continually expand our services going forward.” Read More

Share Your iDirect Evolution® Journey

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Here’s a question: What’s your satellite evolution? As a satellite service provider, you are making some significant connections around the globe. The type of connections that can be educational and inspiring for millions of people.

We all know that the role of satellite connectivity today can help improve productivity and increase efficiency across many different industries. More and more, we are also hearing stories of satellite playing a significant role improving educational, social and economic conditions around the globe.

With that in mind, we are excited to announce the launch of our new campaign, #MySatelliteEvolution! Meant to help increase the awareness of the capabilities of satellite, #MySatelliteEvolution celebrates the ways in which our partners are making a positive impact for citizens worldwide. Read More